The Wrap: AL
AL Quote of the Night
"I don't know why there were so many people here today. I know it was fireworks night, and I guess there was a giveaway."
-- Royals pitcher Zack Greinke's reasons for why Kansas City sold out Friday's game against Detroit. Perhaps it had something to do with Greinke's 4-0 record and 0.00 ERA?
Royals pitcher Zack Greinke saw his consecutive scoreless innings streak end at 38 on an unearned run. Greinke gave up his first run of the season and first since September 13, 2008 in the fourth inning as Detroit's Gerald Laird scored on a throwing error. The end of the streak didn't faze Greinke who, for the second straight game, pitched a complete game and struck out 10 batters. Greinke allowed just one walk and three hits in a win that gave Kansas City sole possession of first place in the AL Central.
Orioles pitcher Koji Uehara atoned for a disastrous first start against Texas by allowing two runs on four hits in 6 2/3 innings but didn't collect the win as his bullpen let him down. The Rangers got three runs in the final two innings (one off of Jim Johnson and two off of closer George Sherrill) to come away with the victory. Sherrill collected his first blown save and loss of the year as Texas's Michael Young hit a two run homer over the right field wall.
Boston's Jon Lester out-pitched New York starter Joba Chamberlain but both left the game having allowed just two runs and both failed to factor into the decision. The Red Sox seemed down for the count in the ninth inning as the Yankees trotted out closer Mariano Rivera with a two-run lead, Jason Bay had other plans, however. Bay hit a two-run homer to tie the game and send it to extra innings. Kevin Youkilis ended the game in the bottom of the 11th inning, hitting a walk-off solo home run against New York's Damaso Marte.
For the first time this season, the Twins never trailed in a game as Minnesota got on the scoreboard in the first inning thanks to an RBI double from Jason Kubel off of Cleveland's Fausto Carmona. Minnesota's Nick Blackburn continued his dominance over Cleveland dating back to last year. In 2008, Blackburn went 3-0 and allowed just four earned runs in nearly 30 innings against the Indians. On Friday, Blackburn earned his first win of the season while going seven innings and allowing just one run.
The Blue Jays collected 33 total bases (and only had one home run) as Toronto walloped the White Sox. Chicago starter Gavin Floyd was largely ineffective, giving up six runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings before giving way to an equally porous bullpen. Brian Tallet made his first start since 2006 for Toronto and pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings while giving up just four hits and three walks for a Blue Jays team that has already used six different starters this season.
A six-run fifth inning proved the difference in this one as Los Angeles pitcher Shane Loux simply unraveled after four shutout innings. Seattle's Erik Bedard picked up his second win of the season, going 6 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on five hits while striking out six for the Mariners' third win in four games.
Carlos Pena hit two home runs to lead the Rays past the A's on Friday night. Four other Tampa Bay players collected RBI as the Rays finally won a series opener on the road. Tampa Bay chased Oakland starter Trevor Cahill after 2 2/3 innings after tagging the young rookie for seven runs in that span. It is the 21-year-old righty's shortest outing yet. On the flip side, the Rays' Scott Kazmir tossed six scoreless innings to improve to 3-1 on the year.
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